How to Plan and Design Your Dream Swimming Pool  

by Pool Builders on 05-12-2013 in Articles

A swimming pool will make a lovely addition to any property. It will provide you with a place to relax and unwind with friends and family, and it will also allow you to exercise and stay in shape. When you are designing a swimming pool there are so many things to consider that it can often be a hard task to know where to start. You need to think about some of the main designs that you like in order to create a plan, and then you can take your rough plan to a professional design team. They will be able to say if it is practical and functional, and they will also suggest any design improvements that can be made.

The first thing that you need to do is to make a plan of the space that you have. To do this take a tape measure and calculate the exact length and width of the space that you have to work with. You can then use these measurements to make a scaled down plan on grid paper. You can use this plan throughout the design process.

The next step is to get some inspiration for your pool's design. You can do this by searching online for photographs of different pools and pool features. You can print off these images and keep them in a scrapbook so that you can refer to them later on. Some things that you will need to consider are:

€ The shape and size of the pool

€ The materials and pool design

€ Special features

€ Pool coverings

Pools are available in all shapes and sizes. Pools can be round, oval, square or even made in more unusual and abstract shape. You can have spas or jacuzzis built into the pool, or you can choose to have an infinity style pool if your property has great views. Pools can be made out of a large range of materials. In order to design a beautiful pool you should choose materials and a style that complements the exterior of your home. Also consider the area around the pool. Do you want decking or tiling where you can place sun beds, tables and chairs or umbrellas? Do you want an outdoor pool room where you can change or grab towels and robes if you need to? You should also think about the lighting. You will want the area to be illuminated at night time, and you can do this by having lights built into the pool, or by having lamps or lanterns around the pool area. Finally you will need to think about pool coverings. Pook coverings will protect the pool from dirt and debris when you go away on vacation, or for the month when you are not using the pool. Some people also like to have a structure built around the pool so that it can be used all year round.

You can sketch different designs onto your plan in pencil until you come up with a design that you are happy with.

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